Shamwari Game Reserve
from £999 GBP
to £3899 GBP
Shamwari Game Reserve
Duration: from 2 Weeks to 12 Weeks
Countries: South AfricaShamwari Game Reserve offers the ultimate placement for conservation volunteers in a malaria-free environment. Shamwari means ‘my friend’ and this reserve is the southernmost premier big 5 game reserve in South Africa, boasting a huge variety of game over a vast 24,000 hectares. At Shamwari game reserve we can promise you the experience of a lifetime! You will assist the award-winning conservation team. If exposure to the African wildlife is your dream – perhaps even working with lions - then gap year voluntary work at the Shamwari Game Reserve will exceed your wildest expectations
Conservation volunteers at Shamwari Reserve will have the chance to assist with many on-going short and long term projects, however, as your placement will only be a relatively short time there is no guarantee that you will be involved in all projects during your placement. Conservation at the Shamwari Game Reserve is about the management, development and rehabilitation of the environment to create a sustainable ecosystem through the implementation of conservation principals.
The conservation department at Shamwari has a highly effective team including a qualified wildlife veterinarian, an ecologist and an environmentalist. The Wildlife Department also boasts a breeding and rehabilitation centre, an education centre and an anti-poaching unit. Working alongside conservation volunteers, the department strives to protect and to improve the environment to ensure the lasting sustainability of the reserve as an ecosystem rich in biodiversity.
The reserve is constantly monitoring existing game and introducing new game throughout the year, making Shamwari one of our most exciting conservation projects. The wildlife department where you will be working has received the Global Nature Fund Award for Best Conservation Practice, and Shamwari Reserves wildlife director, Dr Johan Joubert, was voted one of South Africas Top Ten conservationists by the Endangered Wildlife Trust.
The working week at Shamwari Reserve is Monday to Friday, between 08:00 and 17:00 (Some days may start as early as 05:00). Evenings and weekends are spent at leisure. During the evenings conservation volunteers can organise board games and other activities or relax with a drink at Sandlflats pub in the local town of Paterson. During weekends you can explore some of the surrounding attractions. Popular choices include Storms River Bungee jump, or surfing at Jeffreys Bay.
Shamwari Game Reserve is situated in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, only an hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth. This area historically had an abundance of wild game roaming free.
The Eastern Cape is justifiably famous for a number of other game reserves. The great herds of Knysna Forest elephants were almost totally eradicated at the turn of this century, and yet, miraculously, the man most responsible for nearly wiping out an entire species had a dramatic change of heart and spent the balance of his life fighting for a safe haven for these rare and wonderful animals.
Addo National Park and the Mountain Zebra Park saw almost exactly the same thing happen to the rare mountain zebra. Shot to the brink of extinction, in the 1930s this rare species struggled to come back. Today, there are over 200 in the park.
Conservation volunteers are accommodated at Pote’s Lodge situated in the Southern area of Shamwari Game Reserve which is located two minutes from Shamwari’s wildlife centre.
There are 15 bedrooms as well as a communal living area and lecture room, all rooms are twin bedded and ensuite. Pote’s boasts many facilities including TV with DSTV (Sky) and DVD player, CD player and a computer is shared between all conservation volunteers. There is also a Braai (BBQ) area and a swimming pool for all volunteers to relax and use at leisure.
The accommodation is based on a predator free section of the reserve allowing total freedom and safety to all our Conservation volunteers.
All our rates include your return transfer and pick up from airport, all accommodation for the duration of your placement, all meals and placement activities. We are a fully bonded agent through IATA; in conjunction with South Africa Airways we can offer some fantastic rates on international airfare.
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Worldwide Experience offers volunteers a unique conservation opportunity to work on some of Southern Africa’s premier private game reserves or leading marine ocean research projects. A conservation placement is the ultimate life changing experience gives you the chance to give something back and make a difference to the natural environment.